Almost two weeks before the start of the Olympics in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8), two athletes tested positive for the corona at the Olympic Village. This was confirmed by the organizers of the summer games on Sunday. A third person who did not stay on the residential premises also tested positive. All 14 of them were immediately ordered isolated for 14 days. An IOC member was also injured.
The Olympic Village, home to 6,700 people, was previously positively tested by an official from abroad during the Games. The local organizing committee did not provide any information about the victims’ departments or their national races. In addition, seven more cases, including five local employees and a journalist, were confirmed Sunday.
Games are scheduled to start next Friday and the last two weeks. Due to the epidemic, no spectators are allowed in the competition venues in Tokyo. The Summer Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020, have been postponed for a year due to an epidemic. (18.07.21)
The British health minister feels mild corona symptoms
British Health Minister Sajid Javed has been tested positive for the corona virus despite being vaccinated. Javed shared it In a video message on Twitter With. He felt a little broken, and then did an antigen test – it turned out to be positive. Now he is waiting for the result of the PCR test.
“I’m grateful to have received the two-dose vaccine, so far my symptoms have been mild,” Javid said. He also called on the people to get immunizations. In Great Britain, the number of new infections has been on the rise for weeks. The 7-day incident was last reported on July 11 at 345. On July 16 alone, more than 50,000 new infections were reported. This is, among other things, the reason for the strong expansion of the delta variance.
Nevertheless, all corona operations in the UK are due to be scrapped on Monday. The government argues that a successful vaccination program has weakened the link between infections and hospital admissions and deaths. However, experts are particularly critical of the discounting of the mask requirement. 100,000 new infections are expected in the UK every day in the coming weeks. (17.07.2021)
The Astra-Geneca developer generally questions the vaccination of children
Sarah Gilbert, the leading developer of the astrogenic vaccine, has questioned the benefits of the corona vaccine for all children. Gilbert said in an interview with “Weld” and other European media that politicians need to do cost-benefit analysis. For example, the delta variant is highly contagious, making people sick in a mild course despite having two vaccines. Severe cases and deaths are rare. “So, if the spread can’t be prevented and the children become seriously ill or die, the question arises: is it worth vaccinating?”
At the same time, Gilbert clarified that the vaccine may be effective for some children. “The virus is dangerous to a very small number of children. Countries should consider vaccinating them,” Gilbert said.
At the end of May, the EU officially approved the vaccination of twelve and more children with the vaccine from Beyonc / Pfizer. However, in the case of Germany, the Standards Vaccination Commission has so far recommended that children and adolescents be vaccinated with some previous disease that is associated with a higher risk of serious illness.
According to immunologist Gilbert, booster vaccines are not necessary for the general population. “Performance is declining rapidly, especially in the elderly. Due to the age of the immune system, the response with antibodies is no longer good. So if we need boosters, it will be for older people. I do not expect this for the general population.”17.07.2021)
Biden: Sites like Facebook kill “people” with Foconus
U.S. President Joe Biden has blamed misinformation on social media about the corona virus and vaccines for many deaths. When asked by a reporter what his message was about the spread of false information to sites like Facebook, Biden said, “They kill people.” The epidemic in the United States has “become an epidemic among the uninfected,” Biden said in the White House garden on Friday.
The U.S. government misinformation on social networks about the wait and see or negative attitude of many Americans about corona vaccines. In the United States, the number of new infections has recently increased rapidly again in areas with low vaccination rates, particularly driven by the infectious delta variant. However, the vaccine campaign is slowly advancing. According to the CDC Health Authority, a good 185 million people have so far received at least the first corona vaccine – which corresponds to 56 percent of the total population.
It was only on Thursday that the US government’s chief health officer, Vivek Murthy, warned of the consequences of misinformation at the White House. “We live today in a world where the wrong world is an immediate and insidious threat to our country’s health.” During epidemics, people do not wear masks due to misinformation. Now people will choose not to be vaccinated. He complained that modern technology companies have made it possible for “misinformation to poison our information environment”. (17.07.2021)
A decision on US entry restrictions is expected
US President Joe Biden is expected to comment on corona-related entry restrictions in Germany and other European Schengen areas in the coming days. Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue after a meeting with a CDU politician in Washington on Thursday. How quickly travel restrictions can be lifted is currently under discussion. Biden said he will be able to answer the question in the coming days. “I look forward to hearing from those on our Govt team when this will happen.”
Merkel said she had exchanged views with Biden on the delta variant of the corona virus. That is a new challenge. A fixed decision must be made now and it will not be withdrawn after a short period of time.
The EU last month urged member states to gradually lift restrictions on travelers from the United States and other countries. Germany later allowed inputs from the United States, among other things, “for all permitted facilities, including tourism.” In the opposite direction, that is, to enter the United States, stricter requirements still apply. (16.07.2021)
The first corona case at the Olympic Village in Tokyo
A week before the start of the Olympics in Tokyo, there is the first corona case in the village of athletes. This was confirmed by the organizing committee on Saturday. OC Managing Director Toshiro Mudo did not want to provide personal information such as their nationality. He also could not say whether the person had been vaccinated. It said all necessary steps would be taken to protect the athletes from spreading so that everyone in the village could feel safe. In addition, there are five athletes who have so far tested positive for the corona virus when entering Japan. Athletes and their companions Athletes are isolated from the people in the village and must follow strict rules of conduct and hygiene. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have repeatedly promised that these games will be “safe” for all. (17.07.2021)